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leaving before dying. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi announced his resignation and threw the church inteun certainty. the 85-year-old pontiff said he's no longer strong enough to fulfill his duties, saying strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which has in the past few months really deteriorated in me. >> it's remarkable to me in this day and age that he would step down. >> reporter: remarkable and shocking, because no pope has stepped down for 6 centuries. the decision is being hailed as historic and a potential game changer, making it okay to resign. now a billion catholics worldwide are left wondering who their next leader will be. >> the biggest question is where they will come from? will it be an italian pope, a latin-american pope? >> reporter: a conclave to elect a new pope will begin in mid-march, in time for easter. pub successors are from milan, canada -- possible successors are from milan, canada, and argentina. >> jeff hagel joins us with more reaction locally. >> reporter: archbishop william laurie said he visited the vatican 7 weeks ago and saw no signs of
, pope benedict changed the rules for the next conclave. cardinals can begint process of electing a new pope immediately. they're fighting stories that he's stepping down because of gay prests. we may never know what the document contained. >> most of them are not true. >> analysts believe a strong hand is needed to lead the church through the scandals, a job that will be even more difficult because the church is split by birth infighting. >>> gun control will be up for debait. the bills were sproatd out of the committee last thursday. it could come up for a vote as early as this coming wednesday. >>> a huge rally in annapolis to drum up support for a plan to renovate dozens of baltimore schools. the plan would set aside a block grant each year in the budget for city schools. spores say it would create more than $1 billion to remodel some schools. cheryl conner is following the story and will have a live report at 6:00 from annapolis. >>> good-bye baltimore. for a few months, the ship will be part of the navy's continuing promise. during her five-month trip it will visit five countries.
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